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how to prepare your home for vacation rentals

As companies like Airbnb become increasingly more popular and the cost of living continues to increase, it is tempting for homeowners to consider using their property as a short-term vacation rental. Depending on your location, your lifestyle, and your property, renting your home could be a great way to make a bit of extra cash.

However, renting your home out for the weekend isn’t as simple as creating a profile on Airbnb. You will need to properly prepare your space and be willing to accommodate the needs of your guests where possible.

Here are some considerations before you start to rent your home out.

Consider Your Space

Depending on whether you live in an apartment, a condo, a full-sized house, or on an acreage, your home will look

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how to choose a realtor

Your house is more than a building. It’s a home where you have formed many precious memories. For most people, it is also their single biggest asset. When it comes time to sell your home in Okoboji, it is important that you find the right realtor to help you. You want to work with someone who not only understands how important your home sale is to you, you want someone who is a leading expert in their field.

When it comes time to choose an Okoboji listing agent, you might find yourself overwhelmed. There are dozens of real estate agencies to choose from. How do you distinguish which agent will be able to help you sell your home for the highest price and the shortest period of time?

Here are some tips on how to choose a Realtor to sell your home

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popular summer events in okoboji

The Iowa Great Lakes region is an ideal place to spend your summer, a calm and family-friendly enclave where there is always plenty to do. Locals are truly year-round adventurers, taking advantage of the rich landscapes and culture throughout every single season. The area is bursting with a variety of classic attractions, events, and festivities that truly embody the local atmosphere. If you're considering moving here, it's a smart idea to get a taste of what the region an offer. Here are some of the most anticipated events coming up in the Iowa Great Lakes Region!

The 61st Season of Okoboji Summer Theatre

Hosted by Stephens College, the 61st Season of Okoboji Summer Theatre shows that this summer tradition was built to last and is a true

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Summer home staging tips for Okoboji homes

Staging your home can seem like a frivolous part of an otherwise demanding selling or rental process. But don't underestimate the effects of this seemingly simple undertaking. Whether you're planning to sell your home or find the perfect tenant to rent it out to, staging is a crucial step in getting the most out of your home. Proper staging can not only increase the appeal and value of your property, it can help you find a tenant or buyer that's a perfect fit for your home. If you're not sure how to begin staging a home this summer, the experts at Hoien Realty can help. Here are our top tips for creating an amazing staged home this summer.

Start Outside

When you think of home staging, its easy to get caught up in the idea of interior design. But

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tax benefits of vacation homes

Okoboji is the perfect place to invest in a vacation home. Billed as "Iowa's greatest vacation destination", this is a land of dramatic formerly glaciated landscapes, lush green meadows, and pristine lakefront property. On any given day in the warmer months, you can go water skiing, fishing, swimming, kayaking, or boating. There is also amazing hiking and mountain biking. In the winter, you can ski, skate, and snowshoe. It's truly a year-round paradise. But apart from the recreational and luxury advantages of owning a vacation home, there are great tax benefits too. If you're not familiar with these read on to find out whether you might qualify.

1. Home Improvement

If your second home needs renovation work, you can deduct interest on a home

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Tips for Buying a Rental Home in Okoboji

Investing in rental property in the Okoboji real estate market is a wise decision indeed! Not only will you have a property that you love and can use whenever you want it, but you'll also have someone else paying you rent while you are not using it. We all work so hard to give our families the best of everything, so why not have the best of both worlds in the very lucrative Okoboji area!

Before you rush into anything or make a decision based on emotion, take the time to review this blog to make sure you have considered a few more things when buying rental property in this sought after community. We have come up with some questions we think you should think about while you are exploring your real estate market options. The type of property, the area

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Buying lakefront property in Okobioji

Buying waterfront property in Okoboji or spirit lake is one of the best investments you could make for you and your family. You'll get years and years of quality time with your kids while enjoying all the benefits of living on the water. Waterskiing across the lake, sailing on a breezy afternoon, taking a leisure cruise around the lakes, jumping off your private dock, or lying on your private beach with your toes in the water are all things that await you in the desirable community!

Once you have made the decision to buy a lakefront home, there are a few things to keep in mind before signing on the dotted line. Does the property have everything on your wish list, is the neighborhood the right fit for you family, are you going to rent this property

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The Best of Spirit Lake Real Estate

It’s not every day you’ll come across such a magnificently-built home of this size with the south shore of Spirit Lake right practically just a hop-and-a-skip away from your sundeck! Needless to say, this beautiful single-family home has access to some of the best waterfront in all of Iowa, with your very own dock. Imagine being surrounded by perfect lake views from nearly every room in the house, plus access to a 28-acre State Park on the shores of East Okoboji Lake just across the street from your home. A little south below the State Park is an extensive trail system that connects you to all of the Iowa Great Lake trails. Here you’ll have the pleasure to enjoy wooded lands full of unique wildlife, a pristine

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It never hurts to save money as a homeowner or decreasing the impact we have on the environment. This day and age, we are always looking to find smart ways to remain more energy efficient, especially in our homes. This time of year, when the temperature goes below zero, many of us have already implemented some energy-efficient changes that are one-time investments, but here are some easy tips you can manage every day with little effort to keep costs down, especially during the colder months in Iowa Great Lakes.

1. Replace Old Appliances

One of the most effective ways of having a cost-efficient home is to replace old appliances that are nowhere close to being energy-efficient like ENERGY STAR® certified appliances. Replacing your dated appliances

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If you are in the market to sell your Iowa Great Lakes home, one of the best decisions you can make is to use the services of an experienced and professional home stager. Hiring a home stager will be just as critical to your real estate success as an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent is to the selling of your home. The home staging industry has become quite popular, but not all home stagers are created equal. Finding the most suitable professional to help set your listing apart from the rest is not a simple task, so here are 10 helpful questions to ask before hiring a home stager.

1.What is Your Work Experience?

Investing in home staging services can be an expensive investment, and the intention of pursuing such a service is to

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